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  • Play Against Bobby Fischer

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    To have successful results in chess you must do well in critical positions. The first task is to recognize a critical position - for example one in which your opponent has created a threat or the one when you have an opportunity to create or execute a threat. The second task is to assess such situation properly and come up with quality move-candidates. Finally, using calculation as well as your knowledge base, to come up with the best move. Experienced players go through...
  • Now What?

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    We've all been there: you toss out your opening moves. At times you follow book (or at least think you are following book!), and at other times your opponent leaves book quickly, simply because he doesn't know the line as well as you do. In either case, once the basic moves are out of the way you find yourself pondering a burning question: Now what? Indeed, confusion is king as you find yourself having to reinvent the wheel over and over again. The followup questions haunt you: What's the plan? What...
  • Understanding the London System

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    This course has been created so that players can improve their opening play in a way that is rarely presented in the books. By going through positions featuring typical strategies and tactics the reader can develop an understanding of typical positions arising from the London System. Once this better PATTERN RECOGNITION has been acquired, players start to get a feel for where their pieces belong in the opening and what they should be trying to do. There are 15 lessons in total, all of which...
  • Understanding the Sicilian Dragon

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    The Sicilian Dragon (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6) was so named partly because of its ferocity and partly because Black's battle formation was deemed to resemble the mythical beast. It has been a favourite with many great players such as Bent Larsen and Victor Korchnoi. And Garry Kasparov himself used it in his successful World Championship defence against Vishwanathan Anand. This course is designed to familiarise players with typical Dragon strategies and develop a feel for...
  • The Power of the Capture-Check

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    This course teaches you to use the power of a capture-check in your calculations. You will learn to examine capture-checks in every complicated situation. No matter how foolish the move may seem at first glance, it may be the key to complicated tactics. You will find yourself able to solve checkmates even buried ten moves deep! I give all possible checks and captures at the start of each position. I urge you to consider all of them, no matter how foolish they look at first glance. By paying...
  • Do or Die with Rook Endings

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    Endings with rooks and pawns are by far the most common endings in chess. You will probably lose or gain as more points in these positions than in all other endings combined. Therefore you need to know the basic positions, and some strategic principles when the play becomes more difficult. I want to have you learn and practice the former, and give you a feel for the latter.
  • Play Against Lasker

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    Dear chess friend, In this lesson we will continue discussion about the critical positions. Just to refresh your memory, I'd like to re-emphasize the following critical steps of your decision making that are necessary to succeed in chess: 1. Recognizing the critical position (i.e. your opponent has created a threat or the one when you have an opportunity to create or execute a threat). 2. Spend time and assess such situation properly and come up with quality move-candidates. 3. Come up with...
  • Combinations of Mikhail Tal

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    The 8th World Champion Mikhail Tal was one of the most brilliant chess players of all time. His games inspired not only the spectators, but his opponents as well. Sharp sacrifices were his trademark, often played by instinct rather than by calculating concrete variations. He once said "You must take your opponent into a deep dark forest where 2+2=5 and the path leading out is only wide enough for one." Tal was not only one of the most popular grandmasters because of his daring style, but also...
  • The Technique of Calculation

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    In this series we will test your ability to calculate complex variations featuring a variety of tactical themes and checkmates. You'll be asked to find the best moves in games of world-class players such as David Bronstein, Robert Fischer, and Vladimir Kramnik. Are you up to the challenge? Good luck!
  • Play Against Capablanca

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    Dear chess friend, In this course we will continue discussion about the critical positions. Just to refresh your memory, I'd like to re-emphasize the following critical steps of your decision making that are necessary to succeed in chess: 1. Recognizing the critical position (i.e. your opponent has created a threat or the one when you have an opportunity to create or execute a threat). 2. Spend time and assess such situation properly and come up with quality move-candidates. 3. Come...
  • Complete Scotch #1:The Mieses Endgames

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    This course is designed to help familiarize you with the most commonly reached endgame positions through the Scotch Game Opening: Mieses Variation. We have also taken a detailed look at a number of "critical" Scotch Game positions: From Opening Theory; to Middle game Strategies; to converting into Endgame advantages. We have created a MUST READ lecture if you are an aspiring Scotch Game player, and we have shown how many critical situations should be approached.
  • Improve your Chess

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    Hello, my name is Sam Shankland and I designed this Chess Mentor course for players who are already strong and looking to improve their game further. In this course, I will guide you through real scenarios that I found myself in involving tactics, positional play, technique, and many other parts of the chess game. In some of the positions, I played correctly, and in some I did not. There is no specific part of the game I focus on, as to win at chess against strong players it is usually required to...
  • The Essence of the Initiative

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    In this course, I will present to you positions where you have to either correctly handle or maintain the initiative or defend against it. There will also be situations where you have to decide if a speculative sacrifice promises a powerful enough initiative to ensure full compensation. In general, there will not be immediate tactics, although always be on the lookout because part of playing with the initiative is always being aware that tactical chances are hidden and your opponent may miss them.
  • Combinations of Alexander Alekhine

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    Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine became the fourth World Chess Champion by defeating Jose Capablanca in 1927. He is remembered for his fierce and imaginative attacking style. His life was also filled with controversy. In the early 1930's, his tournament results were stellar, but later became erratic possibly due to alcoholism. Alekhine stayed in Europe during World War 2, where he played in Nazis organized chess tournaments. During this time, anti-Semitic articles appeared under Alekhine's name,...
  • Complete Scotch #2: Mieses Theory/Middlegame

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    Here we continue our mastery of the Scotch Game opening; however, our focus now shifts from the Mieses Endgame positions to Mieses Opening Theory and Middlegame techniques. Your goal: To be be able to honestly claim mastery in all things concerning the Mieses Variation of the Scotch (assuming you review both this course and The Complete Scotch #1)! Review this course as many times as you need to in order to ensure that you can make that great claim! Good Luck...
  • Shockers!

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    In this course, I will present some moments in chess history when one side dropped down a shocking or strong move, and you will have to find their brilliance.
  • Bishop versus Knight (Part 1)

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    It is generally known that the bishop is stronger than the knight in most cases. Some experts even call such an advantage "a small exchange." Why the bishop is better, and when in the endgame-- this is what we are going to discover in our course. I tried to choose only fresh samples from modern practice when strong players were following their plans in the best possible way. The only exception is the last sample, which is a true masterpiece and it would be a pity not to include it in the course....
  • Pawn Play

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    Pawn play is a vast subject. In this course we're going to cover its most typical - and some atypical - aspects. Some puzzles will focus on tactics, others on strategy. A few of the ideas covered: Strong and weak pawns; the overall pawn structure; understanding how the characteristic pawn formations of various openings determines the middlegame plan; the fight for the center; pawns attacking and defending the King; advanced passed pawns, etc. etc. One final note: Even the slightest change in the...
  • Knight versus Bishop (Part 2)

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    In this course we shall see when the knight can overtake the other minor piece- the bishop; when the knight is better than its colleague; and why. I tried again to use mainly fresh samples from modern practice, although some old interesting positions were also taken into account. Enjoy the course.
  • Pawn Play in the Endgame

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    Pawns play important roles in all phases of the game, but it's in the ending that it becomes obvious they are the stars of the show. The reason? Full-blown mating attacks and complex tactical battles are rare - the dominant theme is the creation and promotion of passed pawns. The puzzles in this course can be approached individually and in any order by players who are just looking for some challenging fun. For those with a more systematic approach, the puzzles are mostly ordered from the easiest...
  • Clever Escapes from Common Mating Attacks

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    Raise the shields! Most players would rather attack than defend - but if you want to take your game to the next level, you must learn the art of defence. Developing solid defensive skills will improve your understanding of chess - and your rating. What is the key to success? To be unbreakable, you must be familiar with thematic mating attacks. This course will give you ideas and tricks every tournament player needs to defend against checkmate. Learn to frustrate your attackers and win more games!
  • Exploiting Typical Opening Errors

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    In this course, I will try to teach you how to react to a dubious looking move that you have never seen before in the opening. Theory is all fine and good, but you need to be able to punish early mistakes on your own as well!
  • Premature Attacks on the King

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    Knowing when to sacrifice material in order to open up your opponent's King is one of the most important tactics to learn in chess. Proper execution of this maneuver must take in to account all of a defender's pieces (or lack thereof) to determine whether or not the sacrifice will work and is sound, and/or if you have a continuation to follow the try.
  • Knight Endgames (Part 1)

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    This course aims to give you a basic understanding of the most common knight endgames. The positions range from 1000 up to 2400 level in difficulty, so there should be a few appropriate positions for any chess student. More to follow!
  • Exploiting Opening Errors 2

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    This is part 2 of a course about exploiting typical opening errors or inaccuracies, aimed for stronger players than the first one. A variety of openings, themes, both tactical and positional, are presented. You will deepen your understanding of opening strategy and the balance between black and white's ideas, and particularly improve your ability to deal with unusual moves, off-beat lines, moves played out of order, and opening errors.

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